Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Today’s Pentecost 21 Zoom Worship Service, October 17, 2021: Please join Immanuel in a Zoom Worship Service this morning. You can follow the service as we worship together online, or by simply printing it out. The service text and ZOOM access link may be found HERE. Pr. Meg Brogan leads our zoom Holy Communion Service morning. If you desire to commune, please have some bread and wine/juice available to be blessed. Join us..! All are welcome.

Outreach Ministry to the Homeless:    Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped prepare for our last Dine & Connect dinner on September 26th. We had 31 walk-up guests and served 112 total hot meals to them and those sheltering down at the encampments near the base. Immanuel, in conjunction with the Dine & Connect Work Group, which consists of organizations like Building Futures, Operation Dignity, the greater Alameda Faith Community, and the City of Alameda, host monthly dinners for the homeless here in Alameda. The dinners are free and occur on the last Monday of the month here from the ILC Parish Hall. All dinners are dinners-to-go due to Covid-19 protocols. Our next dinner will be held Monday, October 25th from 4 – 6pm. A limited number volunteers will be needed in all categories of hospitality from food prep to recycling & cleanup. Contact Terry for more information. There is a wonderful article in this weeks Synod Newsletter under Church Together found HERE. It is hoped and prayed for that this much needed ministry will be a small but important step in helping feed those who are hungry and unsheltered.

Save the Date: Immanuel will host a joint Coffee Hour with Grace Church after services on October 24, 2021 at 11 AM. This will be a chance for the two congregations to meet each other and share fellowship.

CRECE Food Distribution Program: CRECE, the Central American Refugee East Bay, began its food distribution program to people in need on Friday, June 25 for a few hours beginning at 11 AM. The organization will continue doing so every other Friday. If you know anyone in need, let them know.

Worship Planning and Streaming: The Liturgy Committee suggests these actions: Immanuel will have communion on varying Sundays led by Pastors John Swanson and Meg Brogan. Zoom and streaming worship services will include music and hymns in the future. This will be Pr. Swanson’s last month with us. He will be leaving after October 24th to devote more time to his farm and family, and really start a much needed retirement. We send our love, prayers and best wishes to both he and Shirley. Both have been essential to our “small-but-mighty” flock. They will be greatly missed. God speed to you both.

Additionally, we welcome Br. Brian Brozovic to our service rotation. Brian is currently a 2nd year student studying at PLTS. He has been preaching as pulpit supply at his home congregation, Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Rohnert Park, CA as well as a few other ELCA congregations in the Bay Area for several years.

Grace Church, Alameda at Immanuel Lutheran Church: The Church Council has voted to welcome Grace Alameda to our campus. The congregation pre Covid was 100 members including families with children, singles and seniors. Jeff is an ordained Presbyterian Pastor and Kai is ordained through the non-denominational church. A 6 month “getting to know each other” period has been agreed upon. A contract will be signed and documents previously used with past church renters will be required. Grace Alameda is interested in worshiping in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings, offering a Sunday School, sharing coffee hour and working with ILC to convey the work and message of Christ to the Alameda Community. It is an exciting way to grow our church. Pastor Jeff may be able to help lead our worship through ELCA’s Full Communion Partners agreement which includes the Presbyterian Church. Go to for more information about the congregation. Direct your questions to any of the Council Members.

Congregation Concerns:   Pastor Stephanie Johnson at Trinity Lutheran Church wants to remind Immanuel members she is available for pastoral care. If you need to talk to a minister, call her at 510-846-0883. It is important that our offerings continue to support our going forward. Please send your donations to the church, 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, or drop them in the mail slot to the right of the metal gate on Santa Clara Ave. For your safety, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, watch your physical distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, stay well. 

New Pastor Update: The Council is moving forward to secure a pastor to guide us to call a permanent pastor. This process depends on the completed sale of the parsonage.

Transition/Call Committee: The Council met with the Sierra Pacific Synod Deacon helping us with the call process. We have begun the Ministry Site Profile which explains Immanuel’s make-up, ministry and place in our community. Members of the congregation can still join the committee. Please let Andrew Thomas, Council president, or any member of the council, know. Input from the congregation is essential to the process.

Fredi Kapp’s New Contact Information:  Fredi is be truly missed as she moves to Grass Valley to live with one son and be near the other. New information: 11732 Ball Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949, cell number 510-712-0061. We hope to see her at Zoom Worship soon.

All congregation members are welcome at Council meetings:  the next meeting will be on Thursday, October 7, 2021 on Zoom at 7PM. Call or email the church office to get the Zoom link to meetings.


Church Council Members for 2021
President                     Andrew Thomas
Vice President             Deanna Johe
Secretary                     Michele Thomas
Treasurer                    Chris Fetzer
Financial Secretary    Jane Sullwold
Member at Large         Ruth Dow (Outreach & Social Ministry)
Member at Large         Chris Kanbergs
Member at Large         Judy Blank Member at Large Beth Greene

Church Council openings were prayerfully offered and considered by the assembly. The monthly Council meetings are generally 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length. The positions are for a two-year commitment.

Church Property Maintenance Needs: Due to the coronavirus Immanuel has not held a work day, but some projects can be done by someone working alone. Let a Council member know if you would like to take on one of these:

  • 1. Door closer in the office needs repair;
  • 2. Clean out gutters;
  • 3. Repaint kitchen door to outside;
  • 4. Sand, refinish a few kitchen cabinet doors in poor condition;
  • 5. Remove weeds behind kitchen/parish hall and neighbor with weed whacker;
  • 6. Fix women’s bathroom drain;
  • 7. Repair toilet seal leak in the Parish Hall men’s bathroom;
  • 8. Add “Private Property” signs per insurance company suggestion;
  • 9. Paint over Korean church sign on Santa Clara..

Parsonage Update: The sale of the parsonage closed on Friday, September 10th. Special thanks to Jane and Bob Sullwold and other attorneys they know who did much legal work pro bono.

Food Bank Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has suspended community food donations, but will continue to receive any monetary donations for those in need. Please feel free to make a contribution to the Alameda Food Bank.

Visionary Team Meeting:    will next briefly via an on-line conference call  on a date yet to be determined. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers for the future of our parish are always welcomed, so please stay tuned for future notices in these announcements. And by all means, consider joining us in this incredible ministry. All are invited to participate.

Ladies Aid:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month. Due to current health concerns the meetings will be held on an “as needed basis”. Please watch the announcements for any further updates.

Mens Group:    regularly meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am at Marti’s Place, 1905-1/2 Encinal Ave. near Lafayette for fellowship and a little pastoral “checking in”. Our meetings have, of course, been suspended until after the health crisis. All men of the church are always welcome.

Worship and Music:    regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. Because of the recent COVID-19 health concerns the team will suspend any further meetings until the health crisis is over (God willing). Please feel free to join us at that time. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    generally meets on Fridays. The next meetings will start up again after the health crisis is over. We meet in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We pray for all of our teachers who have been laid off – Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer, Teachers Jean Benge,  Elaine Nye, and Monice Pernell. For the children & their families in our preschool program. Please keep them in your prayers

Organ Repair:   Thanks to all who donated to the first phase of our Werner Bosch, Opus 353 organ repair. Pledges and donations for the remaining 4 phases will still be graciously accepted. This wonderful instrument was donated and installed in 1965 by the Roth family for just under $85,000. To replace an instrument of this caliber and quality in today’s market would be significantly over $500,000. For further information, please talk to our Music Director, Terry O’Connor, or any Council member.

Immanuel Choir Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days such as Easter & Christmas. Anyone who wishes to sing, or learn how to sing and read music, or play an instrument is encouraged to join. There are no auditions – simply a desire to sing or play music. We gather to warm-up at 9am, then sing for worship. Since worship services have been cancelled due to current health concerns, Choir Sunday won’t be held until further notice. However, if you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

Recycling Program Change:   Recycling will be available by volunteer Walter McQuesten, 510-521-1356 with these requests. Plastic: CRV, empty and without lids; Aluminum: empty and bent, smashed or flattened; Glass bottles: clean and boxed. It’s good to recycle. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

Church Office Hours:   staffed by volunteers has been suspended. New hours have yet to be determined. If you need assistance, please call the office at (510) 523-0659 anytime and leave a message for staff or for our Council President, Andrew Thomas.

Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers:    Sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers has been suspended for 2021.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: +++    AFB Food Distribution : +++ lbs.

Prayer List: Marsha Barta, Cheryl Bess, Gina Grossi, Clementine Jackson, Erika Wiesmann, Ann Miller Taylor, Don and Barbara Wilson, Roy and Marcia Goldt, Marty Cosgriff, Nathan Gould, Shirley Lustig, Linda Glasenapp, Charlotte Berndt, Keith Bryan, Margaret Boehler, the O’Connor and Wahrhaftig families, God’s protection for David Powell, Pastor Dot and Bill, God’s protection for Cameron, Chuck and Peggy’s son Charlie undergoing cancer treatments, healing for Helene Rabe with cancer, Henry and Gudrun Schamoni, Fred W. Taylor, Madeline McEntyre, Scott Tyler, Sharon Quinn, Karen Wirth, Ehsanulla Shafaq for highest and best good, Linda Ganfield and family on the death of her mother Darleen, Jim Lynch recovering from surgery, Manuel Jasso of Zacatecas, Mexico, Joyce Bryan who is having more pain lately, Renee and Kathy, and Jill Simmons.

(Please call the church office to leave updates to the Prayer List)


“So do not fear,for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

God remains close and grace always abounds.  We have only to reach out to God through prayer and to one another via chats, Facebook, phone calls, texts.

I invite you to use some of this time to spend time with God as we wait this virus out.  Spend time in prayer.  Talking with God.  Renewing the one relationship that will see you through.  And then remember, as you might be tempted to grab up all the toilet paper, that God loves your neighbor, too.   Leave supplies for others.  Spend time in prayer for them.  We all need each other.  We all need God.  We will make it through this time together.